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Top 7 Reasons to Visit Atlantic City
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Last edited: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Top 7 Reasons to Visit Atlantic City


1. The Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ
offers plenty of entertainment and fun,
especially for families. However, it also
includes amazing things to do for
adults, as well. The boardwalk is three
miles long, with a great view of the
Atlantic Ocean and the beach, which
many visitors take advantage of. The
Atlantic City Boardwalk offers great
restaurants as well as souvenir shops
and exciting tourist attractions, such
as the Ripley's Believe It or Not
Museum, which I found myself
completely drawn to. The boardwalk
offers rentals of bicycles, in case
walking isn't for you, or if you're just
generally the athletic type.

2. The great variety of luxury hotels.
If you're looking to take a load off for a
week or two, Atlantic City offers great
hotel accommodations, such as the
Tropicana, which was one of my
favorites. The Tropicana is like a
gigantic mall inside, offering great
restaurants, an incredibly breathtaking
scenery including Palm trees and a
mid-summer sky, an IMAX theater
(though movie listings are limited), a
two floor casino (for smokers and
non-smokers) and a wide variety of
other attractions. The Tropicana would
be one of my favorites and I would
highly recommend staying there, as
opposed to the Hilton, which offers
meager and limited entertainment,
aside from the casino, restaurants and
5 foot deep pool. The Borgata was
also a top pick among visitors.



3. The Beach.
A great place to unwind, relax and catch some sun rays, as well as waves, is no
doubt, the ocean. The beach covers the entire stretch of the boardwalk, which is
great because this eliminates overcrowding. The beach offers rentals, such as chairs
and umbrellas in case you forgot to rent your own, or you just didn't feel like lugging
ten pounds of beach equipment for you and your family. Since so many hotels offer
pools that are mostly for families and are only up to five feet deep, the ocean is a
great alternative for adults as well as children. Lifeguards are on duty until the beach
closes, so safety is not an issue.

4. Rolling Chairs.
This may seem like an odd one, but I thought they were a lot of fun. Rolling chairs are
small two-seater carts, pushed by workers on the boardwalk to get you to and fro if
you've completely tanked after walking for so long. The rolling chair ride offers rides
up and down the boardwalk at $5 for 0-5 blocks, $10 for 6-10 blocks and so on.  
These small modes of transportation allow you to enjoy the scenery instead of
worrying about how tired your legs are. Kind of expensive, considering how long the
boardwalk is, but worth the ride!



5. The Shopping Outlets.
They call it The Walk and it offers 100 shopping outlets including Coach, Aeropostale,
American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store, Perry Ellis,
Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, Guess, H&M, J Crew, Kenneth Cole, Liz Claiborne, Ecko and many
others. If you book your hotel with, they give you a coupon book which is
good at the Walk for all outlet stores. The coupon is redeemable at The Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory and a few other stores, which will be listed on the coupon.

6. The coupons and giveaways.
Each hotel or travel company gives
away something free in Atlantic City
every time you travel. With my bus
company, they gave me $22 in free
casino money, good at the Tropicana
Hotel Casino's. They also gave me a
free meal ticket for the Fiesta Buffet,
also located in the Tropicana. Just for
traveling with Leprechaun bus lines! I
was also told by a fellow traveler that
the Trump Taj Mahal gives out free
tickets and discounts for the Steel Pier
Amusement park, located just behind
the hotel.


7. The Restaurants/Dining and Entertainment.
Some of the best restaurants in Atlantic City include Flames Restaurant, Horizons
Restaurant, The Oaks Steakhouse and Longhorn Steakhouse. Some of the worst
include the Cornucopia Buffet (located in the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resorts hotel)
and the Casablanca Pizza Cafe. The Cornucopia offers nothing but food you'd most
likely find in a nursing home, all but the baked chicken, corn on the cob and sea food.
Dessert is limited to sugar free cheesecake and low-sugar pies. They do have ice
cream, but only two topping choices. The Casablanca Pizza Cafe offers terrible service
and is slow to deliver. Wouldn't recommend either of the two. Flames, however, is a
little taste of Italy. It offers brunch foods, with a menu written in Italian, replete with
English descriptions underneath. It offers fruity drinks and waiters with authentic
Italian accents. It's located on the boardwalk in it's own little fenced in area
accompanied by wooden tables, umbrellas and Palm trees every four feet. It's paradise
on the boardwalk. The entertainment includes adult nightclubs, strip clubs, cruises
(including happy hour—at an additional charge). Regardless, Atlantic City is full of
things to do.


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